Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedCan’t give this a 5 yet because I don’t believe perfection exists, but this is damn near close. Non aged stated whisky especially at that price point can be a concern but trying it once at a party and seeing it one sale at an airport, I knew it was meant to be as i had nothing but gold memories though vague they may be. Down the hatch: The balance is remarkable and immediately you get chocolate, nuts, a touch of tobacco. On the nose: mellow, fruity and creamy with touches coffee
Talisker Distiller's Edition
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedThe smaller island Malts seem to have a good balance between some of the best parts each region offers. There is a touch of peat and sea spray both on the nose and down the hatch. The vanilla and almonds are a bit stronger on the nose while some noticeable traces of fruit do reveal themselves after a few minutes of nosing. The color is quite fine for especially for a 10 year old scotch likely due to the amoroso finishing in age. All in all a delicious dram.
Kilkerran 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Campbeltown, ScotlandTastedLove love love. Such a good dram overall and great representation from Campbeltown which goes against the grain of the usual norm and has more of an “underground” appeal. On the nose: great balance between fruity tangs, creamy oak and vanilla touches. Down the hatch: solid, balanced and smooth with such a good long lasting after taste. Overall well deserving of the score.
Lagavulin 16 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedProbably one of my favorites from Islay. Strong smoke and peat of port Ellen that soon transitions to sea spray iodine with some good tang and a beautiful finish with a touch of warmth
Lagavulin distillers edition (distilled 2003 bottled 2019)
Single Malt — Islay , ScotlandTastedConsistent as the previous year. No drastic changes to report yet, and still a killer bottle of scotch.
Lagavulin Distillers Edition (distilled 2002, bottled 2018)
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedSame smoothness and timed complexity as the standard 16, but with a bit more tang and vanilla. Likely due to the transferring to Pedro ximinez casks which equals double maturation. Great amount of peat and smoke in the start, but soon reveals lots of scents once it makes it way down. Definitely a favorite
Peated Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedOf course when I see peated I immediately think of the islay kind of peat, but would be shocked if this even ranged at 5-10 ppm. Otherwise still a fine scotch with a little bit of warmth but not too hot. Nice hints of grape from the Pedro ximinez with some nice creamy chocolately finishes. Good tang, slight heat but no peat
Glengoyne Legacy Series: Chapter One 2019
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedReally strong on the nose with fruity tangs varying from apples to fruits. Down the hatch it’s a bit hot which is indicative of a youger scotch but overall execution is fantastic.
Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley
Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedA smooth young non-peated islay whisky!?!?!? Unheard of until I tried the classic laddie. The vanilla is strong with some tangy end notes that give it some depth compared to the other non-peated greats. Great job by Adam Hannett, carrying the McEwan torch.
Lagavulin Offerman Edition 11 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedStrong peat with a slightly higher warmth compared to the 16. Very tangy and fruity in the front with creamy end notes